Originally posted by wormwoodHm, why would you move on from an opening that you already know though? Why not just add on to it?
I'm taking a couple of openings at a time, play them for a few months maybe half a year, then move on. just to get some superficial familiarity to them. at some point I'll start a second round, pick the openings I'd really like to know, and only then go deep.
Originally posted by DeepThoughtThis is true, but I find that at the amateur level there are so many players that don't bother to study up on uncommon black responses. For example as black I primarily play the Dragon - and even people that play Open Sicilians leave book fast in it. An even more extreme example are games where I use the Pirc as black, white seems to be completely confused and guessing at moves - generally making less than accurate moves.
I feel that with white you can experiment - the opening advantage cushions you from the worst problems that misplaying an opening is going to cause. With black it's better to stick to a few openings, in general black is defending and defending is harder, so you want to be on familiar ground.
Originally posted by cmsMasterSpecialize. I recently experimented by playing numerous 5 0 games against Fritz in its highest setting and using the same openings over and over (Schevenigen and KID) until I was able equalize against Fritz out of the opening. Of course I was pummeled initially, but by doing postgame analysis, I was able to find mistakes in my openings and fix them, and improve in later games.
What do you guys think is more beneficial to the 1200-2000 rated player, opening specialization or opening variety? There are plenty of supporters for both sides, Fischer virtually played the same openings every time - KID, Najdorf, and 1.e4 with the Ruy/Open Sicilian and mainlines of the Caro-Kann/French. On the other hand many modern top players play a ...[text shortened]... en expand on it - while still using it. Do you guys agree or disagree with this sentiment?
Originally posted by cmsMasterThis is true - but there's a phenomenal amount of theory associated with the Dragon, so the odds are that your opponent is not going to have time for it. With the Pirc it's a fairly obscure opening, I know one person who plays it, OTB I'll try to transpose into the King's Indian (where I'm reasonably comfortable), the problem for most people is that it's rare, occuring in 4% of games on my database, so it's really not worth the effort of putting much work into as you'll only see it one in every forty games (assuming you play half your games as black).
This is true, but I find that at the amateur level there are so many players that don't bother to study up on uncommon black responses. For example as black I primarily play the Dragon - and even people that play Open Sicilians leave book fast in it. An even more extreme example are games where I use the Pirc as black, white seems to be completely confused and guessing at moves - generally making less than accurate moves.
Originally posted by cmsMasterwell, you'll face everything at some point, so it's practical to have some familiarity with all openings. and you can't get that without moving on. another point is you won't know what you like until you've tried them out.
Hm, why would you move on from an opening that you already know though? Why not just add on to it?
Originally posted by najdorfslayerGiven the extensiveness of your list of defences against 1. d4 it's difficult to suggest anything else. I like the Classical Dutch, but it's not to everyone's taste. Maybe what you need to do after someone plays 1. d4 is to just play, using your previous experience with all the lines you've given as a way of jumping into whatever the most awkward is for your opponent. Speaking personally I'll do more or less anything rather than face the Nimzo-Indian so maybe that is the move you should choose.
The problem with playing the same opening all the time for me is simply I get bored.
OTB I play 1.e4 and 1.d4 with equal regularity.....I also play Najdorf Sicilian, Classical Sicilian, Scheveningen Sicilian and 1...e5 ith 2...Nc6 and am very comfortable playing all these lines. Although I have only played 1...e5 on this site so far (I'm new only 8 Bl ...[text shortened]... uld have fund something I was happy with but I always find some problem with each defence!!!!!)